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Shoe Review: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

New Balance has always been a big player in the running game. You know, one of those companies that people stay loyal to forever even if the shoes didn't always look the best. That being said, they have definitely turned a corner this past year on the styling front to convert those non-believers and our die-hard testers were curious to find out if just like the Boracay we tested, the ...

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Clothing Review: Injinji Performance Toesocks

When our review team got a batch of the latest Injinji toesocks to try out, they were to put it bluntly... skeptical. Some were downright scared by the prospect of trying them on, but we forced them all into it. I am pleased to say that by the end of the test most were pleasantly surprised by the feel and some were straight converts vowing to run in nothing else. The ...

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Shoe Review: Zoot Solana ACR

Our team wasn't sure what to expect when we started trying out the Zoot Solana ACRs, but we were eager to take them for a spin. Zoot is well-known in the world of triathletes, but tends to shy away from the straight running market. However, after putting these through their paces, I can tell you the Solanas can hang withe the best the running world has to offer. While they may ...

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Food & Drink Review: Oatmega Protein Bars

The world of protein bars is saturated with a million different entries from snack and candy giants to local upstarts who are trying to improve on the recipe. What drew us to Oatmega, more than the taste (which we will get into a bit more), was the message. It's rare to see new businesses just as passionate about giving back as they are about selling a product and it shows in ...

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Tech Review: Mio ALPHA 2 Heart Rate Sport Watch

The Mio Alpha 2 Sport Watch was released earlier this year and our team had a chance to put it through its paces. Mio has long been known for its wrist based ANT and Bluetooth compatible heart rate monitors, but they have never really been a player in the Sport Watch market. In the past they have always been just an accessory, but this model is their attempt to change ...

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Review: Balega Socks – Ultra Light and Enduro

Our team had a chance to test out some of the sock latest releases from Balega including the new Ultra Light No Shows and their Enduro models. Balega, the Zulu word for "to move with speed", is based in is committed to designing products of technical excellence and their development team is composed of racers of all sorts, ultra marathoner to everyday runners. We had our male and female reviewers take ...

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Food & Drink Review: The Runner’s Tea

The energy drink market may seem like a really challenging market to get into, but this is exactly what Portland based Sportland Tea Company is trying to do with The Runner's Tea. We had a chance to sample their line and it is clear they are onto something entirely different. Something that appeals to not only everyday runners, but endurance athletes as well. THE PRODUCT LINE Sportland currently offers a Citrus Mint, ...

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Shoe Review: Saucony Xodus 5.0 GTX

Monsters. That one word sums up our view of the Saucony Xodus 5.0 GTX. They are rugged, waterproof, and they have traction... boy, do they have traction. These bad boys will find a home on most trails and they have been designed to suit every complaint every trail runner ever had. In fact, it's like they were modeled with the Pacific Northwest winter and spring seasons in mind. THE DESIGN OF THE ...

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Review: Brooks Men’s PureProject Long Sleeve Henley

Normally I don't get especially passionate about running tops, so it takes something really interesting to catch my eye. In this case, Brooks has something really exciting and the PureProject line in general represents some very new thinking for them and for most running companies. It's not flashy, has really clean lines, and dare I say it... a little stylish. First off, lets talk about the PureProject in general. It's clearly ...

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Review: Wahoo TICKR Bluetooth and ANT Heart Rate Monitor

Wahoo Fitness is probably best known in the cycling community given their development of Bluetooth powered high quality, but cost-effective bike computers and trainers. The TICKR really rounds out the offering and lets them become a stronger contender in the Running and Fitness categories as well. WHAT IS THE TICKR? The TICKR is a dual band heart rate monitor that connects to most smartphones via Bluetooth and can additionally connect to Wahoo's Fitness ...

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